Screwston, Texas

Eve 6 2.0: Alt-Rockers Find Life After a Radio Hit

In 1998, my sister bought Eve 6's self-titled debut album and wouldn't let me listen to it. So I did what every younger sibling did in that situation: I stole it from her room while she was out with her friends. I took it to my room and carefully placed it in my boom box, then put in a blank tape and made a copy.

And so, a fan was born. At the time, it was more rebellion that true fandom, because I had already decided that I was going to like the music. I had, after all, been forbidden from listening to it, so I knew it had to be the best music ever.

But as time went on, and my musical palette developed, a number of tapes and CDs were never touched again. In fact, a lot of them were thrown out or hidden from sight as I told friends, "No way, dude. I never listened to Good Charlotte. That's my sister's album. Slayer rules, am I right?"

Eve 6's albums, however, aged gracefully. The music as a whole continued to hold a special place in my heart and, as I got older, I began appreciating (and understanding) the lyrics more and more.

Last week, I had a chance to speak with Jon Siebels, the band's original guitarist, who rejoined Eve 6 around the beginning of 2011. After a seven-year hiatus, he is thrilled to be back on tour with his '90s-era pop-rock pals.

"It feels really good to be back out and headlining shows in front of our people," Siebels says. "The feel of the band, the chemistry...It was sort of like riding a bike, because it feels like it always felt."

The last time Siebels remembers performing in Houston with Eve 6 was at the Engine Room in 2003 or 2004. Despite Houston's often overzealous fans, Siebels has fond memories.

"Texas in general has always been a good place for us," he says. "It's a little hot, but other than that I like it."

Eve 6 headlines Scout Bar Wednesday night, promoting their new album, Speak in Code, but Siebels says that even fans who haven't yet listened to it will be sure to enjoy the performance.

"It's a pretty even mix of everything," he says of Wednesday's set list. "We have four albums now, so we have a lot to choose from. And we're all music fans ourselves, and when you're a fan of a band, there's music that you've loved for years, and you want to hear that stuff. So we really try to just play the songs that people want to hear and have a good time with it."

Siebels says he was worried that, since there's been such a long buildup, the new album might disappoint Eve 6's fans So far, the band has been pleased with the reception to Speak in Code.

"The fans have been so patient," he says. "But now that it's been out a couple of weeks, we've already got fans showing up and singing along to every song.

"I think our fans are really happy with it, and that's where it starts for us," he adds. "We hope to make some new fans, but really it's our core fan base that we really did this for."

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Matt is a regular contributor to the Houston Press’ music section. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in print journalism and global business. Matt first began writing for the Press as an intern, having accidentally sent his resume to the publication's music editor instead of the news chief. After half a decade of attending concerts and interviewing musicians, he has credited this fortuitous mistake to divine intervention.
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